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Just look out at how close this ship was to hitting the Anthony Gormley statue in Margate

PUBLISHED: 08:32 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 09 October 2017

The grounded cargo ship on Margate beach. Photo: Peter Barker/RNLI

The grounded cargo ship on Margate beach. Photo: Peter Barker/RNLI

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Huge vessel runs aground within site of the Turner Contemporary

Margate RNLI crews assisted to refloat the grounded ship. Photo: Peter Barker/RNLIMargate RNLI crews assisted to refloat the grounded ship. Photo: Peter Barker/RNLI

A cargo ship full of broken glass is sailing once again after running aground in Margate on Sunday - coming within just a few feet of the Anthony Gormley statue erected just weeks ago.

The 74m long ship had been anchored in Margate Roads, when it dragged its anchor and ran onto the shoreline near the Turner Contemporary at around 3am.

Stopping around 100m from the RNLI lifeboat station, the ship was unable to refloat itself, waiting 12 hours in the low tide.

UK Coastguard and Margate RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched to assist with a tow to shift the vessel.

By 2.20pm, timed exactly with high tide, the ship was towed clear of the shoreline and returned to anchor in Margate Roads.

It has reportedly now set off to its destination in Antwerp.

Peter Barker, from Margate RNLI said: “The incident attracted the attention of national media and a large number of spectators and it was important to ensure there was adequate safety cover for both these people and the salvage operation itself.”

The cast-iron figure by the artist Anthony Gormley was put up in August - and is part of a nationwide selection of figures, which includes some in Folkestone as part of its triennial.

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